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The Archaeogaming Unconference

Easily the best presentation I attended at the SAAs this year was Shawn Graham and Andrew Reinhard talking about archaeogaming – a merging of games and archaeology. They spoke of virtual realities being simply another medium through which to convey…

Why Should You Care about Archaeology?

Why Should You Care about Archaeology?

We tend to look at the past and think, “People back then didn’t know that much. We’re so much smarter now.” We look at the past with a sort of superiority complex, acting like we’re somehow more capable, smarter, and…

The Norse and the Islamic World: How Unique is this Ring?

The Norse and the Islamic World: How Unique is this Ring?

There’s been a lot of hype in the last week about a ring worn by a 9th century Viking woman that says, “for Allah” on the glass inlay. Nearly every article discussing the ring says that it confirms contact between…

What Does the Dress Have to Do with Archaeology?

What Does the Dress Have to Do with Archaeology?

We’re all pretty sick of the dress. Apparently friendships have been shattered, relationships destroyed, all because we see different colors in a photo of a dress. But really, we’re all a bit sick of the debate. It’s a picture of…

How to Find Truth in Ancient Art

How to Find Truth in Ancient Art

A few days ago, my friend wrote a post about art in archaeology and whether it is artistic expression or an accurate representation of how things were at that time. This is a question that has plagued archaeologists and art…

Winter Hiking to Mystic Seaport Museum

Winter Hiking to Mystic Seaport Museum

I’ll be honest, when I first took up hiking (all of a week ago), I didn’t think my first experience hiking in snow would be my commute to work. But in case you hadn’t heard, the Northeast region of the United States got absolutely smashed by the blizzard, Juno. Yesterday, as I was grumbling about the lack of cleared hiking trails, I remembered that where I work is only about two miles from my house. So I got my hiking gear on, packed normal clothes and all my work supplies in my day pack, and set out on foot.

Hiking the Moore Woodlands and Beebe Pond Park

Hiking the Moore Woodlands and Beebe Pond Park

There’s a nature sanctuary about half a street away my house in Mystic. It’s actually two separate organizations – one is the Moore Woodlands run by the Avalonia Land Conservancy and the other is the Beebe Pond Park, run by Groton Parks and Recreation. The big loop around the pond is about 2 miles and can take about an hour to hike if you start on the Avalonia side. I left work early (I have flexible hours at the moment) in order to catch the last bit of sun and hit the trail.

Theory Trends in Archaeology

Theory Trends in Archaeology

People like Bourdieu, Geertz, de Saussure, Levi Strauss, Boas, Whorf, Sapir, Kroeber, Mead, Benedict, Schiffer, Binford, Marx, Engels, and many, many others are seen as outdated. They were writing their theories roughly fifty of more years ago, and they’ve been largely disproven by later work. And many academics feel that we should therefore not use any of their theories, because they’re outdated.

Here’s the thing: None of the theories put forth by these academics were ever really disproven in their entirety. Not really. No matter who you look at, there’s something in their work that makes sense, at least for certain specific situations or types of data.

Exploring the Mysteries of Mystic Seaport After Hours

Exploring the Mysteries of Mystic Seaport After Hours

There’s a quiet that falls around 5pm at the Seaport. The gate has closed, the main restaurants are generally closed, and the interpreters are beginning to leave their exhibits. The offices are starting to empty and the light is starting to fade.

Whaling and the Industrial Revolution Part 1: Why Whales?

Whaling and the Industrial Revolution Part 1: Why Whales?

Whaling was one of the largest industries in New England during the 20th century, and it fueled the Industrial Revolution. At Mystic Seaport, we often say that the economy of the Industrial Revolution was built on the backs of whales.…

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